On 18th December 2016, upon the request of the Indian Ambassador Mr. Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Amb. Dr. Mounir Zahran, the Chairman of the Board, along with Amb. Ezzat Saad, the Director of the Council, received the Indian Ambassador to Egypt and the vice head of the mission to organize the visit of the Council’s members to India, that will be held from 4 to 7 January 2017, in order to make several discussions with its counter Indian Council.
The meeting focused on the following:
The Indian Ambassador pointed out to the two visits of President Abd El-Fattah El-Sisi to India; the 1st one was in the context of participation in the Indian/African summit in August 2016, while the 2ndone was on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China. He focused on the bilateral relations between India and Egypt, referring that beside the security cooperation, there are five main aspects dominating the relations between the two countries, namely: economic and trade cooperation, the cooperation between the governments of Egypt and India, cooperation on education, technology and on the small and medium enterprises as well as the cooperationin the field of local governance.
The Indian Ambassador Mr. Sanjay Bhattacharyya assured the willingness of India to fund the Egyptian projects within the context in which the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Moody announced submitting soft loans worth 10 billion dollars to Africa, along with the current loan program during the Indian / African Summit.
On his part, Amb. Saad said that the Council intends to meet the ORF`sofficials and the members of ICWA Center. On the other hand, Amb. Mounir Zahran also indicated that the Council intends to propose signing MOU between the Egyptian Pugwash and its Indian counter in order to enhance cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to benefit from the Indian experience.